Friday, June 1, 2007

Freemasonry & Masonic Homes

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The Masonic Fraternity was the first and largest fraternity of men in the world. The basic structure of Freemasonry began in the British Isles and came to the United States in 1733. The first lodge chartered in the Colonies was in Boston. Today Lodges can be found in over 55 countries and have a membership over several million with over 13,000 lodges in the United States with a membership over 2.5 million. Generally speaking, Masons are a group of men who want to live their lives in a moral and righteous way. Every DAY, Masons contribute in excess of 1.4 million dollars to various charities including Shriner's Hospitals for Cripple Children, 3 Shriner's Burn Centers and over 100 special clinics that help children with language disorders and learning disabilities. George Washington, John Wayne, Norman Vincent Peale, Buzz Aldrin and my father were all members of this group. It is no wonder that postcards of Masonic Homes, Lodges, Shrine Temples and Scottish Rite Cathedrals are very popular postcards and collected by both members and non members.
The postcard for today is a beautiful view of the Masonic Home in Wichita Kansas with the Chapel next door. I love these beautiful old stone buildings that appear so majestic and permanent. This postcard was produced in 1913 and it would surprise me if if it is not still standing and serving a lofty purpose. You can view of this postcard in the Kansas section of Moody's Postcards.

Here is another early view of the Masonic Temple in downtown Savannah Georgia. You can view this postcard on Moody's Postcards.

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